Monday, December 2, 2013

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

First of all, I want you all to know that I stole the title of this post from my friend Cece. It fit entirely too well for this post and I couldn't think of anything better. So, Cece, thank you! I hope you don't mind that I stole it.

Garrett and I were on our own for Thanksgiving this year. And you know what? After a roller-coaster of emotions about it, it actually turned out just fine. Don't get me wrong, we both would have loved to have been able to spend it with our families, but we made the best of it.

Garrett recently started a new job with Charles Schwab and only had Thanksgiving day off, while I had to work the full week. A residential treatment center never sleeps I tell ya! Thanksgiving day, Garrett came up to where I work and spent several hours with me. He brought me a "Thanksgiving dinner" complete with a pb&j, Jimmy Dean sausage and biscuits, and Ramen noodles. 

While there, he was able to meet two of the girls that I regularly mentor. They are both really young, 11 and 13, and have been through quite a bit as most of those girls have. The 13 year old was supposed to have gone on a homepass to spend Thanksgiving with her foster family but they never showed up to take her. {Don't even get me started on some of the crazy things these girls' families do.} She was sad but brightened up when she spent time with us which made me feel good. That kid is adorable. I also think she may have had a slight crush on my husband, she started uncontrollably giggling when he walked in. She's a smart girl.

We decided that even though we weren't having a traditional Thanksgiving we still wanted to eat the traditional food, so on Saturday we spent all day cooking and that night had a nice meal to show for it. As well as extremely full bellies. This was the first weekend in as long as I can remember that we didn't eat out even once. This was also the first time that Garrett or I had ever made the turkey and dressing, and it turned out pretty damn good if I do say so myself!

We spent the rest of the weekend watching football and Seinfeld, and tonight we put up our Christmas tree.  I can not wait for Christmas! We will get to see both of our families! Also, I will get to see my sisters baby bump and hopefully feel sweet Kinley dancing around in there.

I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations!
My only regret?

I didn't t take a single picture. 

Also, in case you missed it, here's Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, and Prince William singing Living on a Prayer. Taylor seems drunk and Prince William looks painfully uncomfortable. But, look how pretty Taylor's dress is!


  1. We had a not so great Thanksgiving as well, but I did roast a turkey breast (my first time!) and made all the sides for Craig and I. Did you do a whole turkey for the two of you, or just a turkey breast?

  2. Don't mind at all! You are right. The title just fits. I'm glad you made the best of it even though it probably isn't the thanksgiving you would have preferred. When it's just the two of you like that you really do feel like a little family. You have each other so that makes it okay!!

  3. hehe, too funny! i saw your title and i was like, how funny ... they both came up with the same title ... i didn't even think that maybe you borrowed it!

    i think the best part is that you had each other :) because truthfully during the holidays that is really all that matters.

  4. Holidays really are so hard without family. I have to work Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas so we're stuck without family. We'll definitely do our best to make the most of it. It sounds like you guys definitely made the most of your Thanksgiving, even with working and being away from family.

  5. This sounds like a really sweet way to spend Thanksgiving! It's so great that you two were there for that young girl. I can't imagine how sad she must have been that her foster family didn't come to get her. At least she wasn't alone. :)

  6. Thanksgiving is what you make it! Glad you guys made it a good one! And congrats on your first turkey!! :)